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August 21, 2020

Where Goals Go To Die

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 4:05 pm

Rizal hilman VbTcrQ H8aE unsplashOn the ride home from getting a haircut, the Grasshopper hit me with this snippet: “A goal without a plan is a wish. A wish without action will be your dying wish.”

Phew, some heavy stuff there. Here’s my takeaway from that quote: You’ll go to the hereafter without getting what you’re after if your goal remains a hope.

I hope this doesn’t offend you but hope is a mental construct – something we made up – something to ease our angst while we sit by idly and expect magic to happen without taking any action.

“I hope it doesn’t rain” has no effect on the weather.

“Hoping,” and it’s second cousin, “Wishing” are the language of languishment.

I realize there are active and passive people in the world. Passive people live in a world others create and active people create their world. But even a passive person like me recognizes you can’t pass the buck and depend on luck.

All motivation is self-motivation. No one else can motivate a “hoping” you unless you’re open to taking some action.

I’ve mentioned this too many times to mention, but it’s appropriate here. When I was a kid, we went to a bank that used this slug line in their ads: “Wishing won’t do it; saving will.”

Don’t let your dying wish be, “I wish I had’ve done (fill in the blank).” Take the advice issued by my boyhood bank. Save your wishes and don’t rely on hope. To reach your goal, you need some elbow grease and a little bit of soap.

All the best,


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